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First Light: Satyajit Ray from the Apu Trilogy— a film festival and conference

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dateApril 15–29, 2009 location The Heyman Center, Columbia University

Beginning on April 15, twenty-two films by Satyajit Ray, including the Apu and Calcutta Trilogies, were screened at Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center. On April 29, the final day of the "First Light" festival, filmmakers and professors from various universities met to discuss the work of Satyajit Ray during a day-long conference. Speakers included Robert Young, Marcia Landy, Mira Nair, Ashish Rajyadhyaksha, Shyam Benegal, Mihir Bhattacharya, Samik Bandyopadhyay, Michael Wood, Moinak Biswas, and Richard Terdiman. This festival was co-sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Humanities Division of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Columbia University's Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures.